Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Animation Chico and Rita wins European film award

Chico and Rita
Image caption Chico and Rita was directed by Fernando Trueba and designed by Javier Mariscal

An animated film made partly in the Isle of Man has won best in category at the European Film Academy awards.

The event, which was held in Berlin on 3 December, named Chico and Rita as the best animated feature film.

The production also received an international nomination for the Annie Awards to be announced in Los Angeles in February 2012.

During the making of Chico and Rita, 10 animators from the Isle of Man were employed for about 18 months.

The young artists received full training and worked as colourists in collaboration with studios based in Hungary, Spain and the Philippines.

A fully functional studio was established in Douglas to help create some of the work for the film, which has been hailed as "visually arresting".

Isle of Man based production company CinemaNX was involved in financing the operation.

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